Arroyo answers plunder charges

Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appeared this morning at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to answer charges of plunder filed against her by former solicitor general Frank Chavez involving over P530 million of funds of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Former President Arroyo appeared before the office of Senior State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva with her lawyer and submitted her counter affidavit.

Radio reports said that Arroyo, dressed in blue, arrived at the DOJ building around 8 a.m. She was seen smiling as she entered Villanueva’s office and granted DOJ employees’ request to take pictures with her.

The former president immediately left after filing her counter affidavit, without answering queries from the media.

The reports said that Arroyo asked for the dismissal of the complaint as a similar case had been previously filed and dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman. The Arroyo camp also told the DOJ panel handling the complaint that Chavez’s charges have no basis.

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